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Dandruff Preparing for Your Appointment

December 9, 2013

Prior to your doctor’s or dermatologist’s appointment for your dandruff problem, you can make your appointment extremely fruitful and productive by preparing well for the appointment.  Make sure you do the following measures:

Examine Your Dry Skin Well

You may need to let your doctor or dermatologist know the length of time you’ve been having dandruff problems and the severity and extent of the condition. Observe closely the speed it appears on your head after you have bathed and shampooed. Observe as well if you notice any dry skin in other parts of your body. You need to inform your doctor/dermatologist what kinds of creams, conditioners and shampoos you have been using including the effectiveness of the product.

Likewise prepare a list of all the medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking including any steroids, supplements and herbs you’re currently using. They may have an effect on the level of moisture in your skin.

Ready your skin and scalp for your appointment and examination time by abstaining using dandruff shampoos two days before appointment and not washing your hair a day before appointment. You likewise should not apply perfumes, ointments, creams or lotions on you on or wear any jewelry or watch on the day of the appointment. Wash your skin with a mild soap that contains no perfumes, scents or any other heavy chemicals the night before your appointment.  On appointment day, wear comfortable clothing that is loose that is easy to remove if the doctor/dermatologist needs to examine the skin in your body.  If you have already started using new kinds of hair care products, bring them with you to the appointment so their contents may be reviewed by the doctor/dermatologist. If you forgot or don’t want to bring them you need to mention them to your doctor so he may know if these products may or may not be causing you to have dandruff.

Dandruff is considered a minor problem that easily can be addressed with topical and/or oral medication.  It can also be a sign of a more serious medical problem so you may need to consult with your doctor if you find that your dry skin is quite extensive.

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